Osborne faces anxious wait
Jamie Osborne is keeping his fingers crossed Face The Problem will make the cut for the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup on Saturday.
The progressive sprinter still needs several horses above him to come out for him to get a place in the maximum 27-strong field.
Osborne believes the four-year-old deserves to be one of the market leaders for Scotland's prestigious six-furlong handicap should he be allowed to take his chance after he was just touched off by Doc Hay in the Portland at Doncaster on Saturday.
"I spent a furlong thinking I was about to win the Portland, the last three strides I realised I wasn't going to, so it was a bit frustrating," the Upper Lambourn trainer told At The Races.
"He's improved with each run this year and I would love him to get in the Ayr Gold Cup. He's going the right way and if he gets in, he deserves to be one of the favourites. He had an injury early in the year which meant his season didn't start until August.
"The Ayr Gold Cup has been a tentative plan and he has shown in each run he is on the upgrade and the probability of him getting six furlongs has increased so it has become more and more the plan.
"We'd like Kieren (Fallon) to ride him again. There's a lot of racing at Newmarket and Newbury, so we will have to see if he's available.
"He knows him better than anyone so it would ideal if he could ride him. He's been doing most of his running on fast ground, Kieren thinks he'll go on slower ground, so I'm not too concerned."